21 Vegan Lunch Ideas in 20 Minutes or Less

Discover some quick vegan lunch ideas to whip up when you’re in a hurry.

Collage of vegan lunch ideas (hummus wrap, tomato soup, chickpea salad sandwich, and greek salad.)

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Whether you are working from home or have to rush out the door to head to your workplace in the morning, having an arsenal of quick lunches can change your whole day.

I’m here to help you solve that time-crunch problem! There are no “cook these lentils ahead of time so you can be ready for the week” type instructions. We don’t have time for that! These easy vegan lunch ideas can be prepped in 20 minutes or less – start to finish.

Sandwiches

Chickpea Salad Sandwich

5 from 15 votes
When I'm in a rush, this chickpea salad is one of my go-to recipes. It is easy to make – and if you don't have the extra couple of minutes to chop celery and onions, you leave 'em out! Very customizable.
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Chickpea sandwiches stacked

Buffalo Chickpea Salad Sandwich

4.48 from 44 votes
Add some SPICE your lunch! Whip up these sandwiches in minutes, top with some lettuce and celery, and enjoy.
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2 chickpea sandwiches stacked

Bagel Sandwich

This vegan sandwich is made on a bagel, and hummus is the star! This is a great recipe to pack in a lunch box or whip up super fast in between conference calls.
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Turmeric Chickpea Salad

4.84 from 61 votes
This is a plant-based alternative to a tuna salad or egg salad sandwich – and full of protein and flavor! Add your favorite sandwich toppings, pack in your lunch box, and be on your way.
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Tacos & Wraps

Vegan Buffalo Chicken Wraps

5 from 5 votes
Vegan buffalo chicken wraps with cool and creamy ranch paired with spicy hot sauce.
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Black Bean Tacos

5 from 6 votes
Black bean tacos make for a delicious vegan lunch! Add your favorite veggies and salsa on top.
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Hummus Wraps

5 from 5 votes
These rainbow wraps are easy to throw together with whatever veggies and flavor of hummus you have in your fridge. This is one of my favorite vegan lunch ideas!
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Buffalo Chickpea Wraps

4.88 from 8 votes
I love a wrap for lunch on the go. You can prep these ahead of time or make them quickly the day of.
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5-Minute Tacos

Tacos do not get much quicker than this! This recipe calls for grilled corn, but she also recommends canned corn if you're in a pinch.
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White Bean Salad

Enjoy this salad on it’s own, or enjoy in a wrap or between two pieces of bread. Made in just 5 minutes!
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Soup

5-Minute Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup

4.87 from 44 votes
If you have tomato paste, non-dairy milk, some spices, and 5 minutes, you can make this delicious creamy vegan tomato soup!
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A bowl of creamy tomato soup with a baguette slice.

7-Minute Soup

4.96 from 48 votes
I affectionately call this "sick day soup" because it's the perfect simple nourishment you need when you have the sniffles. But it's also fantastic for a quick lunch! Carbs, protein, and greens.
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A bowl of white bean soup

Salad

Vegan Chopped Salad

5 from 1 vote
Chop up whatever veggies you have on hand and make a simple salad! You can easily whip your own homemade ranch (recipe included) or use a store bought favorite.
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A large bowl containing vegan chopped salad with lettuces, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, and cashew bacon bits.

Vegan Greek Salad

5 from 1 vote
This salad recipe calls for tofu feta, which does take some pre-planning, but you can also find vegan feta at the store (VioLife and Follow Your Heart both have feta.) Another alternative is to just use chickpeas.
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Blueberry Hemp Seed Salad

5 from 3 votes
This blueberry hemp seed salad is packed with healthy ingredients, lots of texture, and drizzled with a delicious creamy garlicky tahini dressing.
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Blueberry Hemp Seed Salad in a large white bowl drizzled with a creamy tahini dressing with cucumbers.

Pasta

One-Pot Creamy Spinach Pasta

4.92 from 50 votes
This pasta dish has a cook time of just 10 minutes! Easy, filling, and you get those greens in thanks to the spinach.
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Creamy spinach pasta in a large cast iron pan with a wooden spoon.

Mug Meal

Vegan Mug Pizza

4.69 from 16 votes
Don't have time to get pizza delivery? No worries. Mix up this mug pizza and toss it in the microwave. In just minutes, you'll have warm and cheesy vegan pizza for lunch!
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A mug of microwaved pizza

Breakfast for Lunch

Tofu Scramble

5 from 38 votes
Breakfast lunch should be done more often. Usually by the time I'm ready to eat, it's 11AM and I'm not sure whether to eat breakfast or lunch. This tofu scramble is perfect for those moments. Serve on toasted bread for a sandwich!
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Fluffy Vegan Pancakes

4.86 from 169 votes
Easy pancakes made from scratch! Enjoy with berries and bananas.
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A stack of fluffy pancakes, drizzled with syrup

Dips

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

4.85 from 13 votes
When I'm looking for a really light lunch, I turn to hummus! This roasted red pepper hummus is super flavorful and great to dip chips, crackers, and veggies in. Or, smear it on toast!
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Roasted red pepper hummus in a white bowl surrounded by pita chips

Vegan Bean Dip

5 from 14 votes
Creamy, spicy, and the perfect dip for a Mexican-style lunch. Enjoy with tortilla chips and veggies.
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5 Comments

  1. Wow I love your recipes! Being a newby to a vegan lifestyle, I thought it’d be much more difficult but with your recipes, it really feels easy. Thanks so much!

  2. Wow, so many tasty lunch options! It’s surprising how satisfying of a meal a person can make with just a few minutes. Thank you for including my bagel sandwich!

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